Film Fest 919 has today announced that the Sundance award-winning film “Shirley” will be available to watch on their website beginning Friday, June 5, with a $3.99 price that will provide much-needed funding to keep the organization sustainable.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still having devastating effects across the world, organizations in the film and television industry are thinking of various ways to provide audiences the films they crave while also keeping themselves afloat.
FF919 founders Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall said:
“We’ve been thrilled to offer up some exciting viewing opportunities, which has proven to be the perfect antidote to sheltering in place. And thanks to UNC-Chapel Hill alum Tom Quinn, founder of NEON, we’ve been able to stay engaged with the FF919 community. We look forward to sharing our new ideas and plans for a post-pandemic celebration.”
“Shirley” is distributed by NEON films and directed by Josephine Decker. Emmy Award winner Elisabeth Moss stars as the acclaimed novelist Shirley Jackson. The film tells the story of a young couple that moves in with Jackson and her husband, Bennington University professor Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). Unfolding events provide inspiration for the writer’s next novel. It also stars Odessa Young, Logan Lerman, and Steve Vinovich, while Martin Scorsese serves as executive producer.
The film won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and audiences will be eagerly anticipating its June digital release. Other Sundance films that have been available to watch via the FF919 website include the documentaries “Spaceship Earth” and “The Painter and The Thief.”
Film Fest 919 began in 2018 and is an annual festival held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.